President Jimmy Carter was the 39th President of the United States of America from 1977 to 1981, during a time of high inflation and energy costs. Following his presidency, he has worked for international peace and human rights across the globe, for which he was awarded the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize.
James Earl Carter, Jr. was born in Plains, Georgia, on October 1, 1924. His childhood included an upbringing in the Baptist faith. Carter attended the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and afterwards married Rosalynn Smith. The couple went on to have three sons and a daughter, whose names were John William, James Earl III, Donnel Jeffrey and Amy Lynn.
After spending several years in the Navy, Carter became Governor of Georgia in 1962. Carter first announced that he would run for President in 1974, and upon receiving the Democratic nomination, he chose Walter F. Mondale as his running mate. Carter's presidency included the creation of the Department of Education, civil reform and the Iranian hostage crisis.
After losing in his bid for re-election as President in 1980, Carter turned his focus to humanitarian efforts. He created the Carter Center in 1982 as an organization established to advance human rights. Carter has also been instrumental in popularizing the organization Habitat for Humanity.
President Carter's favorite foods include sirloin steak, corn bread, frozen yogurt and salad with Roquefort dressing.